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English Dictionary: modulate by the DICT Development Group
3 results for modulate
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. change the key of, in music; "modulate the melody"
  2. vary the pitch of one's speech
    Synonym(s): tone, inflect, modulate
  3. fix or adjust the time, amount, degree, or rate of; "regulate the temperature"; "modulate the pitch"
    Synonym(s): regulate, modulate
  4. adjust the pitch, tone, or volume of
  5. vary the frequency, amplitude, phase, or other characteristic of (electromagnetic waves)
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Modulate \Mod"u*late\, v. i. (Mus.)
      To pass from one key into another.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Modulate \Mod"u*late\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Modulated}; p. pr. &
      vb. n. {Modulating}.] [L. modulatus, p. p. of modulari to
      measure, to modulate, fr. modulus a small measure, meter,
      melody, dim. of modus. See {Mode}.]
      1. To form, as sound, to a certain key, or to a certain
      2. To vary or inflect in a natural, customary, or musical
            manner; as, the organs of speech modulate the voice in
            reading or speaking.
                     Could any person so modulate her voice as to deceive
                     so many?                                             --Broome.
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